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2011 NAPT Summit agenda available online! Click here to view.

Join us Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!

Please register for the 2011 NAPT Summit here. Don't forget to reserve your hotel room.

For all summit-related information, please visit and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

Exhibitors, please log on to for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.

Any vendors who wish to send materials for registration, please contact Lynn Martin at before Oct. 7.


NAPT announces 2011 scholarship opportunities
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Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board President Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner Betsy Eisman are offering two field trip grants this year. While priority will be given to students whose schools were damaged by recent tornadoes, all NAPT members are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the grants, valued at $250 each, is Oct. 1. Log on to for more information.

2011 Election Dates & Deadlines

NAPT Elections Committee Chair Peter F. Mannella has announced the following dates and deadlines for the 2011 NAPT election:

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Oct. 12.

Election Day is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Elections will be held in Cincinnati on the trade show floor from 10 a.m.–noon.

For info on this year's candidates, click here.

The president-elect will serve one four-year term; two years as president-elect and two as president. The president-elect shall be selected by a vote of all active members.

Both regional director positions are three year terms. Candidates who reside in regions 2 and 4 may apply from their respective regions if they have been active NAPT members in good standing for at least two years. Regional directors shall be selected by a vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.

The affiliate board member serves a two year term. The affiliate member position was added in 2010 to provide an opportunity for business partner representation. Only business partner members in good standing may vote on an individual for this position.

The 2011 NAPT Elections will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the NAPT booth on the trade show floor during the association's 37th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Cincinnati. Visit our website at to learn more.

Currently available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 — Student Transportation Orientation
PDS 201 — Business Writing
PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 203 — Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 208 — Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 302 — Budget Development
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 403 — Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 503 — School Bus Specifications
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 605 — School Transportation Contract Management
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 — Personal Skills – Time Management
PDS 901 — School Transportation Security Assessment
PDS 902 — Crisis Communication

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to nonmembers for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit


AAA child passenger safety public service announcement
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VideoBriefAAA has teamed up with Cookie Jar Entertainment and its Richard Scarry's Busytown Mysteries animated series to educate parents, caregivers and children on the importance of safely securing young passengers in the family vehicle. Click here for more info and statistics. More

As holidays approach, DOT's new consumer protections make flying easier, less stressful
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Believe it or not, America's most intense travel weeks — Thanksgiving and Christmas — are nearly upon us, and many people have already made their holiday airline reservations. As those of you who are planning holiday trips begin navigating airline and other travel websites, the Department of Transportation has been working hard to make sure this year is different. More

Cyr Foundation launches school bus driver training series
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The Cyr Foundation for Excellence in School Transportation has launched a new educational program aimed at providing useful information and training for school bus drivers in New York State. More

Honolulu's public transit to expand green-minded portion of Oahu-circling bus fleet
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Hawaii's congressional delegation announced last week that Honolulu is slated to receive $5 million from the federal government to purchase eight new turbine electric buses, thereby increasing the city's overall fleet to 539 buses. Sixty are hybrid electric, and every bus in the fleet sports a bike rack. More

Video to solve traffic problems discussed at DOT meeting
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A federal transportation official says a program promoting public-private partnerships to foster ideas and products for transportation solutions might support increased use of traffic cameras or other video technologies as part of the overall solution to traffic problems, but it depends on the problems identified. More

Jamey Rodemeyer suicide: Police consider criminal bullying charges
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Police have opened a criminal investigation in the suicide death of Buffalo, N.Y., 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was bullied online with gay slurs for more than a year. The teen's parents, friends and even Lady Gaga, who was his idol, have expressed outrage about what they say was relentless torment on social networking websites. More

Ford builds a bicycle
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The company that put the world on four wheels a century ago may be looking to do it again, but this time around with just two. Recently, at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ford Motor Company unveiled its E-Bike Concept, an electric bicycle designed by the automaker to test the waters in a quickly growing segment of the transportation industry. More

Airlines continue to cut flights, keep airfares up
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Airlines are paring flights on some routes this fall as well as into next year in the face of high fuel prices and an uncertain economy. More

Support grows for making Muni rides free for children
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A growing number of city leaders want to make riding Muni free for those younger than 18, but doing so would cost $6 million to $13 million annually. Supervisor David Campos said the cost should be viewed as an important investment. "It's one critical step we can take to improve the quality of life for all families in the city, and to support and encourage a new generation of transit riders for our future," Campos said. More

Distracted driving: An issue for fleet safety
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Safety probably ranks at the top of a utility fleet manager's priorities and concerns. Telematics and fleet management solutions provide insight to monitoring the vehicle and a driver's behavior as it relates to the vehicle. Some tools, for example, can track when vehicles travel at excessive speeds or when drivers make erratic moves such as sudden braking. But what about the driver's action behind the wheel that in-vehicle systems don't detect — primarily cellphone use, which might violate corporate policy and local, state or federal law? More

Alternative fuels get a workout in fleets
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The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt may have captured consumers' imagination, but sales of these alternative-fuel cars are tiny in the scheme of total auto sales. Fleet operators are still experimenting with alternative powertrains but in some respects they are more promising customers, argue fleet managers and auto industry analysts. Fleet operators can be more willing to invest in alternative fuels because, as big fuel users, they can benefit from lower fuel costs. More

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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